Saint Patricks Cathedral in Dublin
One of Dublins two protestant cathedrals.
It is the National Cathedral of the chuch of Ireland.
It was built on a site where Saint Patrick is said to have baptized the pagan Irish.
It began as a college of priests and became a cathedral around 1220.
It was the largest church in medieval Ireland and was built in a harmonious early English Gothic style.
It was consecrated in 1254.
Between 1832 and 1904 the Guinness family financed its extensive restoration which succeeded in leaving much of the medieval fabric intact.
Its most famous dean was Jonathan Swift from 1713 to 1745.
He was of course the author of Gullivers Travels and is buried in the cathedral.
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